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Report: Back where he belongs - Morecambe's most famous son comes home

The statue immortalising one of the greatest comic talents this region has ever produced is back in its rightful place.

The bronze tribute to Eric Morecambe was returned to the seafront in his hometown today - two months after it was vandalised.

Eric's family were on hand to see the repaired statue lifted into place by crane - and our Lancashire reporter Victoria Grimes was there too:

Gary Morecambe: 'Priority is getting Eric's statue back on its feet'

Gary Morecambe came into the Granada Reports studio and spoke to Lucy and Tony about how fans reacted to the damage to the statue.

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Helping get Eric back to his rightful place in Morecambe

Artist Graham Ibbeson and Gary Morecambe assess the damage to the statue of Eric. Credit: ITV News

Eric Morecambe's son, Gary, has been to the town today to meet the sculptor of his father's statue and assess the damage caused by a recent vandal attack.

Mr Morecambe and artist Graham Ibbeson are confident the famous statue will soon be returned to its rightful place.

Eric has been returned to a gallery for repairs. Credit: ITV News
The Queen unveiled the statue in 1999. Credit: PA
The grandchildren of Eric Morecambe at the unveiling of the statue. Credit: PA

Man has part of ear bitten off in attack

A man has had part of his ear bitten off, after being attacked in Morecambe.

Police say the 25-year-old man had a "large portion" of his ear bitten off, and received a cut to his right eye.

The attack happened sometime between 10pm Friday 17th October and 1am the following morning.

“This was a particularly vicious attack where the victim has ended up with serious injuries.

“I would encourage anyone who may have seen the assault to contact us.”

– DC Tris Hardwick

Lancashire Police appeal after five-year-old injured

Police in Lancashire are asking for information after a five-year-old girl was hit by a car.

The incident happened at around 5.45pm on Monday 6 October, on Euston Road in Morecambe.

Police think a Citroen Xsara car was travelling in the direction of Morecambe Town Centre when it was involved in a collision with the girl.

The five-year-old was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Sergeant Finn Quainton of the Road Policing Team said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to get in touch so that we can establish how this incident occurred.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1042 of 6th October.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Morecambe Morecambe Bay Hospitals Report delayed

Furness General Hospital Credit: ITV Granada

The Chairman carrying out the Morecambe Bay Hospitals investigation has asked for more time to complete his report into failings at the NHS trust.

When the Secretary of State for Health announced the terms of reference in September 2013, its Chairman, Dr Bill Kirkup, was asked to produce his Report this July.

The Investigation has now identified over 20 organisations holding material that is relevant to the investigation.

The Secretary of State says due to the significant volume of material the Investigation has received, a short extension to the timeline has been granted.

Dr Kirkup is expected to submit his Report in the Autumn.

Rescue teams pull bullock from Morecambe Bay sands

The animal became trapped on Friday Credit: Bay Search and Rescue

Fire crews, the RNLI and Bay Search and Rescue Team have rescued a cow from the sands at Morecambe Bay.

The cow was spotted stranded on Friday morning. Fire crews from Lancaster attended and a multi-agency response was co-ordinated to rescue the animal.

Crews worked to free the animal Credit: Lancashire Fire and Rescue
A hovercraft was called to rescue the animal Credit: Bay Search and Rescue
The animal was led to safety Credit: Bay Search and Rescue
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